04/18/14 10:14am

The 'Baseball Boat' at the Old Town Marina

UPDATE (10:48 AM): Fixed title to read ‘Nationals Park’ not ‘Nationals Parks’

Today, the Washington Nationals are taking on the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park in D.C. in the second game of their series. Instead of driving, consider skipping the traffic and ride the Potomac Riverboat Company’s ‘Baseball Boat’ to the game located in Southeast Washington D.C.

If you buy your tickets online, you get free parking. Cruise time is about 30 minutes (sure beats driving or a Metrorail train) and departs from the stadium 20 minutes after the last pitch. Boat operates for 80% of Nationals games – check website for specific available dates. Times vary upon Nationals schedule and tickets cost One-way $15; Round-trip $25.

For more information, call 703-684-0580 or visit http://www.baseballboat.com.

04/18/14 9:56am

George Washington @ Historic Christ Church Easter Sunday Alexandria Virginia

Today is Good Friday, one of the holiest days in the Christian calendar as it is the day on which Christians commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. The day is a solemn one so I thought what could we do on Good Friday for a flashback?

Since Easter is this Sunday, via the Library of Congress, here is a full length portrait from Jean Leon Gerome Ferris of George Washington on Easter Sunday in 1795 standing beside a horse drawn carriage in front of Historic Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia while others gather around him. For more about the history of Historic Christ Church, visit this link.

04/18/14 9:03am

Bike lanes on Jamieson Avenue in Carlyle area of Alexandria, Virginia

Update (09:30 AM): Councilman Justin Wilson provided link to plan implementation for the bike lanes/sharrows in this area.

City contractors were out painting new bike lanes/sharrows along Jamieson Avenue in Carlyle yesterday. The bike lanes/sharrows run from the Courthouse Square and Jamieson Avenue intersection down to the Jamieson Avenue and John Carlyle Street intersection.

Councilman Justin Wilson provides a link to the plan implementation for the bike lanes/sharrows along this route.

While there are many bikers that traverse along Jamieson Avenue, and as someone who has lived in this area for more than a dozen years, I do have a concern about these lanes/sharrows and that is the Dulany Street and Jamieson Avenue intersection.

Residents of this area have asked the City of Alexandria for help all along the Jamieson Avenue corridor for years. These requests have fallen on deaf ears. We have asked for a traffic study, stop signs, speed bumps, help from Alexandria Police, etc to help slow down traffic along this corridor. The City installed paddle signs in a couple of crosswalks but, traffic has not slowed one bit and pedestrians in this area feel they are still taking a risk when crossing Jamieson.

Will the bike lanes/sharrows help curb the problem? So far, from what I have seen, the answer is no.

IMHO, a big problem will be the Dulany Street/Jamieson Avenue intersection. Many bikers currently ride on the sidewalk around this intersection especially during the AM/PM rush hour because traffic is so heavy along this route during rush hour. I spoke to two last night who said essentially the same thing. You see, cars routinely double up at this intersection, especially during rush hour, along Jamieson (see below photo for an example) and cars go around each other without looking.

I want to hear from bikers, pedestrians, residents, and concerned citizens. What are your thoughts on these new lanes/sharrows? Is this good for Carlyle?

Jamieson Avenue in Carlyle area of Alexandria Virginia looking East

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If you have EVER thought about adopting a pet, just DO IT. My wife and I did several years ago, and it is one of the best decisions we ever made.

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) is a GREAT place to adopt a pet. You can follow AWLA on Instagram at this link, Facebook at this link, and on Twitter at this link.

Here’s a photo of our dear Bea waiting for the iPad so that she can play one of the cat games. I think it’s safe to say she’s an addict.

REMINDER: If you have a photo of your pet that you would like to share with our readers, consider emailing it to redbricktownblog@gmail.com.


Pet Photo of the Day - Bea waiting for the iPad

04/17/14 6:58pm

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I am sending these out to ALL candidates (Democratic and Republican) running for Jim Moran’s seat in Congress in the 8th Congressional District of Virginia. I will post responses if and when I receive them. What are your thoughts on the questions? What would you ask? Discuss below.

  1. Why are you the best person of all the candidates to represent the people of the 8th district of Virginia?
  2. Tell our readers a little about yourself. What other positions have you held?
  3. What issues are you going to stress or highlight as you campaign for this office?
  4. What specific issues would be a high priority for you if you were elected to Congress?
  5. As stated by many people running for office this year, “Education is the key to improving our economy.” That being said, what do you plan to propose and/or support in the areas of skill training, where most of the jobs in our state are and will be in the future?
  6. Do you believe that the oath that every Representative in Congress takes to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States means a Constitution as written or a Constitution as interpreted by the individual?
  7. A Congressional Budget Office report said that increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would raise wages for 16.5 million people and lift 900,000 people out of poverty. But it would come at the expense of 500,000 jobs and higher costs for business owners and consumers.
    Do you agree with that assessment? Should Congress go ahead and raise the minimum wage? Why is this good or bad policy?
  8. I want to know how you feel about raising taxes and how do you plan to keep government costs down so that taxes might not have to be raised?
  9. Social Security’s actuaries have stated that Social Security in its current form is unsustainable. What changes would you advocate to keep Social Security solvent?
  10. Many people worry that Washington is too partisan. Would you want to build bridges to the other party? And if so, how would you accomplish that goal?